This important book critically addresses the `becoming West' of Europe and investigates the `becoming Modern' of the world. Drawing on the work of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lyotard, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur, the book proposes that the question of postmodernity is inseparable from that of postcoloniality. The argument fully conveys the sense that modernity is in crisis. It maps out a new genealogy of the birth of the modern and suggests a new way of grounding the idea of an emancipation of being. Postcolonialism has emerged as a central topic in contemporary social science and cultural studies. This book informs readers as to the central strands of the debate and introduces a host of new ideas which will be a rich fund f
Chapter 3: On the Emergence of Modernity and the Birth of the Subject
On the Emergence of Modernity and the Birth of the Subject
Three episodes set up the scene for what I will elaborate in this chapter. The first episode concerns Descartes's gesture that expresses the principle of tabula rasa, the symbolic brushing aside of all ...